Following the Government’s introduction of the nationwide lockdown in March 2020, BU3A informed members that all  BU3A activities must immediately cease.

These notes refer to non-virtual activities.
As lockdown starts to ease certain BU3A activities may be possible and hopefully, over time, most BU3A activities can restart. These notes outline the broad principles that Group Coordinators must address before restarting their activities. These are

  • Government Guidelines must be followed;
  • Guidelines issued by Third Age Trust must be followed;
  • Guidelines issued by any national body, if appropriate to your Group’s activity, should be considered;
  • Risk Assessments or, for more minor activities, checklists must be updated, distributed to and accepted by participating Group members who should also complete personal risk assessments.

Guidelines issued by the Government, Third Age Trust and, if appropriate, any national body relevant to your Group’s activity, will change. It is therefore vital that as a Group Coordinator you keep up to date with any such changes.
These guidelines may reverse and become more restrictive.

Notes on each of the above follow:.

Government Guidelines

The latest guidelines can be found on https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing
If a nationwide lockdown is reintroduced then BU3A will again inform you by email and the BU3A website that all activities must again cease.
The Government are now introducing specific controls to address local infection outbreaks. It is possible such controls may affect BU3A in the future. As such controls may be introduced with almost immediate effect it is unlikely BU3A will be able to react and update its website before such controls have to be implemented. Group Coordinators should therefore address these controls or local changes to lockdown, and the effect they may have, and comply with them immediately.

Third Age Trust Guidelines

Guidance has been issued on 3 June 2020, 29 June 2020, 14 July 2020 and 7 August 2020. These are most helpful and comprehensive. They must be followed and are on
TAT Covid19 Guidance,

TAT Covid 19 Guidance 7 August 2020

Third Age Trust has also issued outline paperwork to assist in preparing the checklists referred to in the link above. See
https://mcusercontent.com/656ad5962b370cc9e2731d1ed/files/b08b2809-9bc5-4c4c-82d2-41d999e77015/Risk_Assessment_Checklist_vs_1.01.pdf

Note that Third Age Trust strongly recommend that members complete and retain a personal risk assessment.

If Third Age Trust issue further guidelines then these will be forwarded to the email address you provided and the BU3A website updated.

National Body

Certain groups are members of their national bodies and other groups undertake activities that, although they may not be official members, have relevant national bodies. Examples are: The Cycling Association, Bowls England, the Ramblers, etc.

Such national bodies are issuing detailed guidance relevant to their activity and Group Coordinators should consider such guidance as it emerges and respect any changes to this guidance.

Risk Assessments and Checklists

The advice in this area is hardening. Please refer to the section on Risk Assessments in Section 3: Insurance below. Until now it has been recommended that all groups prepare risk assessments or, for simple activities such as Walking Groups or groups that meet in member’s homes, a checklist. The position from now is

  • A Risk Assessment or, if appropriate, a Checklist, appropriately identifying, and detailing the process to manage, risks arising from Covid 19, must be prepared before any group’s activity recommences.
  • This Risk Assessment / Checklist must be given to, and accepted by, members of the group who wish to participate in its activities.
  • As noted in the Third Age Trust guidelines, members are strongly recommended to conduct their own personal risk assessment before participating in a group’s activities. As Group Coordinator please remind your members of this if you start to open discussions about restarting activities.

**** The information on this page is derived from the advice given on the Sheffield U3A website ****